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12:50 PM ET, October 11, 2009

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John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
Where's the beef?  —  Joe's reaction to Obama's gay speech is up on the gay blog.  —  As for my take... Barack Obama just promised us that if he becomes president, he's going to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell, the Defense of Marriage Act, and get ENDA passed.  It was a bit surreal.
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama Pledges Again to End 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama on Saturday renewed his vow to allow gay men and lesbians to serve openly in the military, but failed to offer a timetable for doing so — an omission likely to inflame critics who say he is not fighting aggressively enough for gay rights.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Much Worse Than I Expected  —  All I can say is: the president gave a speech he could have given at any point in the last three years.  No one in that room could disagree with any of the things he said.  I sure don't (with the exception of the hate crimes hooey).  And he said it well and movingly.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Joe Sudbay / AMERICAblog Gay:
Obama's big gay speech: Heard it all before.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Live-Blogging The HRC Dinner
Katherine Skiba / Los Angeles Times:
Obama renews pledge to gays to end 'don't ask, don't tell'
Discussion: Truthdig and Top of the Ticket
Andrew Miga / Associated Press:
Frank says D.C. gay rights march misses mark
Ann Gerhart / Washington Post:
In Today's Viral World, Who Keeps a Civil Tongue?  —  Late last month, Charisse Carney-Nunes fired up the computer at her home in Northeast Washington to check her e-mail.  Her brain already was on morning drive time: breakfast for the kids, her day's work at a government agency.
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Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Another Fine Mess: Comics Whack Obama  —  WASHINGTON — Is President Obama in trouble with his late-night comedy base?  —  It's likely he hasn't noticed or doesn't care.  He is, after all, in the midst of his oft-invoked “full plate” of supposedly “defining moments” in his presidency …
Christopher Buckley / Blogs and Stories:
A Prize Too Far  —  Blogs and Stories  —  The Daily Beast's …
Discussion: Moe Lane and Hot Air
Orange County Register:
Mark Steyn: Nobel tops ‘SNL’ for Obama joke
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Frank Rich / New York Times:
Two Wrongs Make Another Fiasco  —  THOSE of us who love F. Scott Fitzgerald must acknowledge that he did get one big thing wrong.  There are second acts in American lives.  (Just ask Marion Barry, or William Shatner.)  The real question is whether everyone deserves a second act.
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Martina Stewart / CNN:
McCain weighs in on Palin in 2012  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain is openly admitting that there were tensions between his former campaign manager Steve Schmidt and those close to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, McCain's one-time White House running mate.
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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
McCain Admits to Tensions Over Palin  —  For the first time, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) “is openly admitting that there were tensions between his former campaign manager Steve Schmidt and those close to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, McCain's one-time White House running mate,” CNN reports.
Benjamin Spillman / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
U.S. SENATE SEAT: Two could beat Reid, poll finds  —  Lowden, Tarkanian tied atop GOP challengers  —  Nevadans say they're ready to replace longtime Democratic incumbent Sen. Harry Reid with an untested Republican.  —  Which Republican?  Undecided.  —  But of their top two picks …
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Jeff E. Schapiro / News & Advance:
Mason-Dixon poll: McDonnell up by 8 points over Deeds
New York Times:
Yes We Can (Pass Climate Change Legislation)  —  CONVENTIONAL wisdom suggests that the prospect of Congress passing a comprehensive climate change bill soon is rapidly approaching zero.  The divisions in our country on how to deal with climate change are deep.
Matthew DeFour / host.madison.com:
Gore upbeat on climate bill  —  Former Vice President Al Gore shared his optimism about the “shifting momentum” of the climate change debate with about 500 environmental journalists Friday in Madison.  —  “We're very close to that political tipping point,” Gore said at the Society …
Washington Examiner:
The truth about the Baucus bill - Part 1  —  Obamacare advocates in the White House, Congress and the newsroom of the New York Times were elated this week when a Congressional Budget Office statement said the health care reform bill by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont. …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Robert J. Shiller / New York Times:
A Bounce?  Indeed.  A Boom?  Not Yet.  —  THE sudden rise in home prices suggests that the psychology of the market has shifted substantially.  But what should we expect in the months ahead?  Not necessarily that we're entering a new housing boom.  To a large extent, where we're heading depends on what home buyers are thinking.
Discussion: Clusterstock and The Big Picture
 
 
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NY Daily News:
Muslim advocates charge racial profiling in Queens terror raids
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Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Top Judge Calls Calif. Government ‘Dysfunctional’
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Gail Collins / New York Times:
The Eye of the Beholder
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Debate Follows Bills to Remove Clotheslines Bans
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Three Iranian protestors face death penalty
B. Daniel Blatt / GayPatriot:
Solid Majority of Americans Support Same-Sex Civil Unions
Discussion: Moe Lane